In the late 1860s, the Erie location was a stage stop along the route between Laramie and Denver. A mining camp was built at that same location in 1870 next to Weld County’s first commercial coal mine. The camp was named Erie by Reverend Van Valkenburg after his home town of Erie, Pennsylvania. The Denver Pacific Railroad built a rail line spur to Erie for coal and settlers. People and freight in Denver that were going to Longmont or Boulder could take the train to Erie, then a wagon could be hired to go the rest of the way. Cave-ins, poisonous gasses, loose rocks, flooding, and the risk of falling into a shaft made coal mining a dangerous and too often fatal job. The first miners’ strike in Erie was in 1871 to improve conditions in the mines. In 1935, many Erie streets caved in due to mine shafts that were cut too close to the surface.
In the early 1900s, Kuner Empson built a pickle factory with a salting station next to the railroad tracks at the south end of Erie. Though Erie became an incorporated town in 1874, the streets were not marked, and residents literally did not know their addresses until street signs were installed in the 1940s.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
- Retail Climate/
- Economic Development/Business Assistance
The Town of Erie is located in Boulder and Weld Counties, just west of Interstate 25 for easy access to Interstate 70, Denver International Airport, and Colorado’s entire Front Range. Erie’s Planning Area spans 48 square miles, extending from the north side of Colorado Highway 52 south to Colorado Highway 7, and between U.S. Highway 287 on the west and Interstate 25 to the east.
South Weld County
With a population estimated to reach 82,435 by 2020, the southern region of Weld County has experienced some of its fastest growth recently. Offering an attractive small town/rural quality of life with abundant new homes, excellent schools, and majestic mountain views, the region is strategically located just north of metro Denver and east of Boulder, which has fueled booming residential growth. With 23,764 households who have an average median disposable income of $55,028, the region is poised to see continued growth. The average median household income is $68,011, the average median home value is $243,539, and the subregion offers a wide range of educational opportunities, sport venues, and recreation. Commercial and industrial sites are available, and large tracts of undeveloped land provide opportunity for future growth. East/west access is provided by Colorado Highway 52, which connects to Interstate 76 and Interstate 25. North/south access is provided by Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85, which connects to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Denver International Airport is 20-30 minutes away.
- Denver International Airport: 35-minute drive
- Erie Municipal Airport located: 3.8 miles west of Interstate 25
Major Highway Access
- North/South demand: Interstate 25, U.S. Highway 287
- East/West demand: Colorado Highway 7 and Colorado Highway 52
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2015|
|Less than 9th Grade||0.3%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||2.0%|
|High School Graduate||11.7%|
|Some College, No Degree||21.6%|
|St. Vrain Valley RE1J/Boulder Valley RE2 Statistics
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2015-2016
|Black Rock Elementary||761|
|Pioneer Bilingual Elementary||507|
|Red Hawk Elementary||804|
|Angevine Middle School||726|
|Erie Middle School||929|
|Centaurus High School||1,090|
|Erie High School||938|
|Peak to Peak||1,446|
|St. Vrain Valley RE1J
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary||$52,941.08|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||23.9/1|
|Boulder Valley RE2
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary||$71,574.20|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||19.7/1|
|Community College Enrollment|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||5,001|
|Front Range Community College|
|Boulder County Campus||3,736|
|Larimer County Campus||8,061|
|University of Colorado Boulder||32,775|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,216|
|Colorado State University||32,236|
Key Residential Subdivisions/Home Builders
- King Soopers
Key Traffic Counts
- I-25 & Erie Parkway is 114,000 AADT
- Erie Parkway & County line Road 18.000 AADT
- Highway 287 & Arapahoe Road 45,500 AADT
- Highway 7 & Sheridon Parkway 24,00 AADT
- 5 Urban Renewable Areas
- Through the fence property opportunities adjacent to the Erie Municipal Airport
- Large industrial and commercial properties available with adjacent utility services
We recognize the value of providing business assistance to aid companies considering relocating or expanding in Erie. Recognizing that each business is unique in the type of assistance needed, the Town invites you to contact us directly so that we may discuss your company’s specific situation.
The Economic Development staff is at your service providing real estate and resource referrals, site tours, as well as assistance in navigating standard Town processes.
For additional information, contact:
645 Holbrook St.
P.O. Box 750
Erie, CO 80516